Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powder is lightweight, finely milled, and has a soft glowy sheen–no heavy shimmer here. It can be applied lightly with ease, but for a richer, deeper bronzed look, the color can be built. #02 is is a medium, reddish-tan with a soft sheen. #03 is a warm, medium golden tan with a soft, golden sheen. #02 actually seems a hair darker on me, and side-by-side, it’s clear that #03 leans yellow, while #02 has a reddened undertone.
The first shade is a matte white, which while stark against my skin tone, doesn’t feel or look chalky. Next, there is a matte, green-teal that is a little low on color payoff but is decent–be careful when you blend this shade, because it is easily sheered out. The third matte shade is a dark, navy blue with the same color payoff as the teal shade. It’s just a little sheer in places. Both of the latter shades work best patted on and lightly blended to avoid sheering out the color entirely. The texture of the three matte shades was soft, and they applied smoothly.
Giorgio Armani Airy Jade (10) Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow ($32.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a pale, blue-tinged white with a bright, metallic sheen. Interestingly enough, this is a lot like #11–even the downsides of this particular shade were the same ones I experienced with #10–just blue-tinted instead of pink. Like #10, it doesn’t apply as evenly as other Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows have.
Lancome Heat Wave Color Design Eyeshadow Palette ($42.00 for 0.11 oz.) includes four warm, summery hues in one, limited edition palette. The shades don’t really have names, just color descriptions on the back with a finish listed underneath.
It has a tendency to look faded even though it has just been applied if you make an attempt to blend it out on the lid. The color didn’t fade much over eight hours though there was a bit of fall out, but it was difficult to get true-to-pan color on the lid from the get-go. The texture was also a little powdery and didn’t always apply evenly. I found the best results were achieved when you packed on the product and didn’t blend too much–just stick to the edges.
Le Metier de Beaute Bordeaux Eyeshadow ($30.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a burgundy brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a metallic sheen. It’s richly pigmented with a very soft, silky-smooth texture that applies beautifully on the skin. It just glides on and melts into the skin. The color payoff (which was excellent!) was the same whether I used it dry or wet. Though pricey, each pan contains nearly double the amount that the average eyeshadow has.